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Sheriff: Lamar Odom possibly overdosed on drugs

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Oct 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-14 20:15:39-04

Former NBA basketball player Lamar Odom was alone when he went to the Love Ranch in Nevada on Saturday, authorities said.

A spokesman for Dennis Hof's Love Ranch South addressed media Wednesday afternoon, saying the two girls Odom had been spending his time with came running from the VIP suite when they found him unconscious on Tuesday. Hunt went back to the suite and found Odom on his side, eyes closed, snoring heavily, and unresponsive.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said at a news conference that a brothel employee who called 911 reported Odom did cocaine Saturday, according to The Associated Press. He took as many as 10 tabs of a sexual performance enhancer over the past three days, Wehrly said.

Odom was found unresponsive with blood coming from his nose and mouth, the sheriff reported. Investigators were seeking a blood sample to determine if Odom overdosed on drugs or alcohol.

Odom spent most of his 14-year NBA career in Los Angeles with the Lakers and Clippers, becoming a fan favorite before he sought even more fame with the Kardashians.

Hunter said he called 911, who asked what Odom had taken. Hunter said Odom drank cognac and the girls told him Odom took around ten "herbal Viagra" pills. Those pills are sold at the Love Ranch, but they do not know whether Odom bought them on site or brought them.

Odom had also admitted he took "a small amount of cocaine" before his arrival. Hunter said authorities searched Odom's bungalow after the incident and did not find any drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Upon arrival to the brothel, paramedics attempted to air-lift Odom to a hospital, but were unable to do so in part because of his stature. Odom was eventually driven to Desert Springs Hospital via ambulance. Officials say he received the same level of care in the ambulance that he would have in a helicopter.

Hunter expressed his sadness and concern and said he and Odom shared a moment -- one he hopes to tell him about later. All the employees we spoke with said Odom was shy and very nice.

Love Ranch is located about an hour northeast of Las Vegas. It is a legal brothel in Nye County. It is not unusual for the ranch to send cars to pick up wealthy and sometimes famous clients.

It is owned by Dennis Hof, who owns a total of seven brothels. His most famous brothel is the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, which was featured in the HBO docu-series "Cathouse." The Love Ranch employs 40 to 50 workers. Police say its possible the Ranch could lose its operating license if they are found of wrongdoing in Odom's case.